Does FOSS need a Boss?

Richard Stallman

Every great country of the world is identified with its pioneering leaders who represent them. It takes a figure head to lead an endeavor to success, be it in a war, in an organization or in technology. The question people are asking now is does a free software need an enigmatic leader? Microsoft has Bill Gates, Apple has Steve Jobs, so does FOSS need a face for its machines? TuxRadar attempts to answer this question in a recent poll — does free software need a figurehead?

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2010 – When Android & iOS became very ‘Open’

In hindsight, 2010 has definitely been a fantastic year for Open Source; be it software, hardware, applications, etc. Leveraging the same point of view further, 2010 has also been a brilliant year for open source software projects developed for mobile applications. Black Duck Software which serves as a good barometer for several open source software projects, showed that Google Android provided a fantastic mobile software platform for open source developers to produce superlative applications; followed by Apple’s iOS which was also decent in terms of the number of open source applications it owns at present.

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An open source PHP client for SURBL; thanks to the spam attack on nsfw.in

Couple of days back, I got an email from Amazon Abuse Desk, that botnet spammers were abusing NSFW.in. Our IP on the AWS EC2 was added to The Spamhaus Block List. Some Russian botnet spam gangs were creating automates short url at NSFW.in.

Abhinay created a PHP Client for SURBL. Now, NSFW.in short-link creation just need to look up the domain against SURBL to see if a domain is blacklisted or not.

The SURBL PHP client is released as Open-Source under MIT license and is available at Github.

NSFW.in is a url shortening service that makes unsafe URLs safer!

Open.org an Open Source for your Open queries. Is that all?

A week ago, a question was raised by the latest owners of Open.org who go by the name Linux Fund organization, and we are still unsure if we have an answer to that question yet. The question was “What do we do with Open.org?” The question came up on the evening February 25th during a Birds of a Feather session at the Southern California Linux Expo. By now, most of the Open Source followers and enthusiasts know that the domain name of Open.org was recently acquired by Linux Fund from the City of Salem, Orgeon. The primary purpose for which the domain was used by Salem was for a kids-to-internet program named The Orgeon Public Education Network. The amount of money that was spent to acquire it is not disclosed yet and it was an auction at which the domain was purchased by Linux Fund.

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Linux Splashtop beats Google’s Chrome OS to the Punch

With all the Buzz about Google’s upcoming Chrome OS — Buzz… get it… a little Google joke, but with all the buzz about Google’s upcoming release of cloud-based operating system Chrome, people aren’t taking much interest in Linux’s already released cloud OS — Splashtop.

The new cloud-based OS has yet to make a big splash but it has already been released and has been preinstalled on some ASUS, Dell, HP, Acer, and Lenovo machines. The release date ahead of Google’s Chrome deserves kudos, but the warm welcome hasn’t been forthcoming from the Internet community as most cloud fans are still holding their breath for Chrome.

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A thought, about worldwide adoption of Linux

This is the question that lingers in the minds of many technology enthusiasts; at least for fun, they would have given it a thought – What would happen if Linux was adopted Worldwide? An ultimate ambition that the free software community has, is for Linux to be used in the mainstream industry and it has been a goal for the past few years. Several critics have said that the happening of such an event is almost next to impossible especially on the desktop. Now for a moment, let us just keep these critics and their thoughts aside and see what would actually happen if the whole world ran Linux. Shall we?

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Does Open Source have in it to be Numero-Uno?

I remember writing an article about 2 months ago, on Open Source’s revenue flow and the actual source of the payments that Open Source gets. I stated that the question of Where does Open Source get its Payment from? is one that could have multiple answers. This question of whether Open Source has it all to be Number 1 also has a similar confusion. It should seem like Open Source does have it all, but there are several instances wherein Open Source has lost out to the Big private players like Oracle, IBM, SAP, etc. who easily trade their products in the market for big bucks too. So if you were to ask me what Open Source really lacks, I would say that it falls short in advertising, marketing and selling its products.

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Broadcom’s entry charms the Linux Foundation

During earlier days, the predicament that Linux had was related to lack of support from the big players. But things have now changed to a larger extent with Linux being associated with several big names and availing immense support from them. Like how Linux desktop users lately have been receiving Wi-Fi chipset support which was lacking earlier. But the recent news development that has come as quite a delightful surprise for Linux users and fans has been the entry of Broadcom to the Linux Foundation.

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